We were up pretty early this morning to have breakfast.
She must have cereals to end her breakfast whenever she’s on vacation! 😀
In a limousine, on the way to Penfolds Winery! 🙂
We’re very excited to be able to check out a winery 😀
Turn right to Penfolds Winery.
We noticed the chimney from afar.
Zoe, our guide, brought us on a tour of Dr. Penfold’s cottage.
Penfolds Family Tree:
Even though Dr. Penfold constructed his cottage in 1845, he built half of it underground so that it was cool in summer yet warm in winter, how brilliant for someone of his time!
Walkway to the rooms
The living room.
Their daughter’s room.
The master bedroom.
The dining room, which was quite a walk from the kitchen.
Since in those days, they had maids to cook and serve them, the distance doesn’t really matter, does it?
An authentic tea set from those days.
Dr. Penfold’s study room.
His notebooks and spectacles.
His medicinal box.
The length of (part of) the cottage.
The cottage looks short?
Don’t forget that part of it is underground! 😉
Zoe brought us to check out the vineyard proper.
Grapes! But they are not ready for harvesting yet!
We asked how they kept pests out of the vineyard.
Zoe showed us the lavenders and explained how they work.
Go figure! 😛
We checked out their cellar.
The different people in the Penfold family who ran the business.
The next 2 pictures show the Penfolds Winery in 1950s and 2000.
Very obvious that a lot of the winery was sold off for housing, but the current plot is preserved as a heritage site.
Barrels of wine:
American Oak on the left and French Oak on the right.
What’s the difference between American oak and French oak?
“American oak tends to be more intensely flavored than French oak with more sweet and vanilla overtones.
French oak generates silky and transparent tannins, which transmit a sensation of light sweetness combined with fruity flavors that persist in the mouth. Spices and toasted almond are noteworthy, combined with flavors of ripe red fruit in red wines, and notes of peach, exotic fruits and floral aromas like jasmine and rose in whites, depending on the grape variety employed.”
Next, we went to St. Henri Cellar.
In which we saw this huge vat with ‘Helen Keller‘ written on it.
We asked Zoe about it, and apparently Helen Keller visited Penfolds and estimated the volume of the vat by pacing its girth with wide stretched arms so that she might have a feel of its size.
She was quite accurate with her calculation and missed the actual volume by a little wee bit!
So much wine!!
Even more wine 😀
A display of Penfolds’ Grange.
It started to get even cooler in the cellar, and without us realising, we were 16metres underground!
A 1987 bottle, as old as us – 25!!
How lovely to see so many bottles of red wine!
Rules for employees last time, “#3. Whistling and singing in or about the Cellars is strictly prohibited.” – maybe because the employees were allowed to help themselves to the wine, so whistling/singing were signs of drunkenness?? 😛
The boiler room:
The inside of the boiler room:
Oh, they do not use this room anymore, but preserve it as part of their ‘heritage’.
Zoe brought us to a ‘special cellar’.
“The Max Schubert Room”!
Wines we would be tasting…
We were absolutely impressed to have a ‘customised’ place mat! 😀
Zoe chatted with us and taught us how to appreciate wine better. 😉
When we were done ‘drinking’, we went on to the last part of our tour – “shopping”! 😛
At the bar…
Zoe poured more wine for us to try 😉
Ice wine, port, grandfather’s port 🙂
Zoe packed a couple of bottles of wine we bought and walked us out.
Informative tour that gave us great insight into the making of wine.
We can now appreciate wine better! 😉
A photo with Paul, the driver who sent us to and from the winery.
Door gifts from Penfolds:
A couple of bottles we bought:
Nah, we didn’t have many bottles in that box – the 2 bottles were very very very bubble-wrapped!